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Visited during the summer of 2018 fire season

We visited GNP during early September, 2018. There were many fires resulting in many locations... read more

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico

This is a beautiful lake that can be easily viewed from multiple roadside pullouts / parking areas... read more

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1 mile from St. Mary on Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, MT
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited GNP during early September, 2018. There were many fires resulting in many locations closed, especially on the west side. Very disappointed we could not visit the Lake McDonald Lodge. Since we could not drive our RV on the Road to the Sun we...More

Thank Mikejack52pe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful lake that can be easily viewed from multiple roadside pullouts / parking areas on the St Mary’s side on the Road to the Sun (east of Logan Pass) or from several hiking trails. We took the time to drive from Apgar...More

Thank BC W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you see a picture of glacier national park, this is the spot where the famous picture was taken. a place called wild goose island overlook. There is a fair amount of parking spaces on the right side of the road only. I found the...More

Thank mountiamsandcanyons
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At the beginning of August 2018, my family visited this Lake when we drove along the Going-To-The-Sun-Road of US Glacial National Park from the East westward. The majority of the supposed green woods around the lake appeared not there but what we saw were many...More

Thank Dequan C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made a number of stops on the Going to the Sun Road along the lake. Had considered taking a boat trip but the winds were pretty strong and lake choppy. Peaceful.

Thank vb22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are several places to stop along the Going-to-the-Sun Road where you can get some great pics. I recommend going early for the best lighting.

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 12 September 2018

St Mary Lake is a pretty lake at one of the entrances of the Glacier National Park on the east side, near the town of St Mary. My husband, a friend and I drive past the long lake on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. We saw a...More

Thank M J
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Unfortunately, Glacier has been hit with fires several years in a row. This lake is surrounded by burned trees, which definitely takes away from the beauty of it. But if you are entering Glacier National Park from the east, you'll be driving by it on...More

Thank Vacationers62
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

The scenery changes with every turn around this amazingly beautiful lake. We experienced first hand, the lake effect because the temperature differed greatly depending on if you were on the windward or leeward side of the lake.

Thank L C
Reviewed 9 September 2018

This is a beautiful lake. We ended up taking the Glacier Park Boat Company boat tour. Best way to see the lake!

Thank RHoward2014
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19 December 2017|
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Response from Kim B | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I remember it being a tad longer than a mile, but perhaps you can google map the distance. If you are really early and it is calm - awesome shots! I have it as a screen saver on my phone!
Koli D
7 September 2017|
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Response from helenandpaul13 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about this because we saw it from above. We sat for lunch at a picnic stop above the lake and saw a boat taking tourists for a trip. You can get to see lots of wildlife from the boat so take along your... More
Carly E
21 June 2017|
Response from wolfcreek850 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I'm sorry you have had no responses to your question, I just saw the notification. Lake McDonald Lodge is beautiful and there are plenty of places there by the lake for a picnic. Trail of the Cedars is a nice hike on... More